The Full Story - Nygard Was in Fact Canada's Jeffrey Epstein
Fall From Grace is Quick
'SEX TRAFFICKING: Is Peter Nygard
the Canadian Jeffrey Epstein?'
Design & Retail Mogul Peter Nygard Sued by Son For Having Him Raped on Nygard's
2/14/20: Peter Nygard, meet Jeffrey Epstein.
Canadian fashion kingpin has fallen into sordid company amid explosive
allegations he sexually assaulted a slew of underage women — including three
Ten unidentified women have filed a class-action lawsuit accusing Nygard, 77, of
rape and sex trafficking. The allegations are eerily similar to the
twisted web woven by hedge fund pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
“Nygard lured and enticed young, impressionable, and often impoverished
children and women with cash payments and false promises of lucrative
modelling opportunities in order to assault, rape, and sodomize them. When the
victims were not swayed by promises, many were drugged to force compliance with
Nygard’s sexual desires,” the plaintiffs said in a press release.
Nygard allegedly has a database of more than 7,500 underage girls and women.
Wanted to make a man of his 14 yr old son who was still a virgin.
Most of the incidents allegedly occurred at Nygard’s mansion on Lyford Cay in
the Caribbean paradise. And most of the alleged victims were young
“impoverished” Bahamian girls.
Nine Nygard designer and retail companies
filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. and Canada after sex-trafficking allegations
against the mogul.
Nygard is based in Winnipeg, but has operations
around the world, according to its
Federal agents raided co.’s Manhattan offices
and Peter Nygard’s Los Angeles home last month as part of a sexual assault
investigation into the founder,
per New York Times
Nygard stepped down as chairman, per Times
Design & Retail Companies & Hundreds of Jobs Wiped Out:
Fashion Mogul Peter Nygard Business Properties to Be Sold
7/11/20: Nygard's final sale: The rise and fall of the Polyester King's retail
Lawsuit Goes From 10 to 57 Women Alleging Rape & Sex Trafficked
On Friday the 13th of March, as Canada went into lockdown, Peter Nygard’s retail
fashion empire was still standing, barely.
it closed its distribution centres that day, with 1,450
employees operating 169 retail stores and a large wholesale operation, it
was hardly at the peak of its influence.
But it was still an astonishing and profitable success, built on cheap and
cheerful fast fashion for the modern cost-conscious woman of style, which had
made Nygard fabulously wealthy and tagged him with the nickname of the Polyester
What a difference a few months can make. A court decision in March took
corporate control out of Nygard’s hands, as his companies were put into
receivership, and warehouses in Toronto and Winnipeg put up for sale.
This week came news that an intellectual property firm will be auctioning off
the brands that made him rich, including the labels Nygard, Alia and TanJay,
the last of which refers to Jacob Fashions, which was the first company Nygard
bought into after leaving Eaton’s as an ambitious young salesman in the 1960s.
In 1980 he was charged with the rape of an 18-year-old woman, but was not
tried or convicted. He settled with three women who filed sexual harassment
complaints in Manitoba. He brought a Charter challenge to a blood test over
a child support claim.
The world has now caught up to Nygard’s empire, however, and since that day in
March, when control finally slipped away, the decline of the polyester king
He was already the subject of an arrest warrant in the Bahamas, but it was not
until recently that his property there started to look less like the real estate
extravagance of a rich man and more like an alleged crime scene, where young
women were allegedly trafficked and abused sexually.
Styled as a Mayan palace, Nygard’s house was the site of modelling shoots for
his various fashion lines, and elaborate parties with celebrity guests,
including Prince Andrew, whose dealings with Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey
Epstein have caused turmoil for the Royal Family, newly escalated by
Maxwell’s arrest by the FBI.
Then came a class action law suit, filed in February in
New York by a group of 10 women, which has now grown to 57, alleging
they were raped and trafficked for sex by Nygard,
some when they were as young as 14.
The lawsuit describes a sex trafficking scheme run over decades by Nygard, with
his company’s money, in which underaged girls and women were drugged, sexually
assaulted and coerced into sex acts in exchange for money or promises of
modelling opportunities or career advancement within the Nygard empire, in
locations that include the Bahamas compound, sites in the United States, and in
Nygard’s hometown Winnipeg.
It was reported this week that Nygard is now also the subject of a Winnipeg
Police Service sexual assault investigation.
Peter Nygard accused of hiring ‘sex worker’ to rape his teen sons
8/17/20: Fashion mogul Peter Nygard hired his girlfriend, a “known sex
worker,” to rape two of his sons as teens — saying he wanted the woman to “make
a man” out of one of them, according to a bombshell new lawsuit.
The complaint filed Sunday in Manhattan federal court alleges the sons — who are
not identified — are also victims of the businessman.
my experience will help other people be able to speak the truth about what’s
happened to them,” the older of the two sons said in an interview with CBC News.
The men — who are two of Nygard’s seven children — claim they were raped by the
same woman 14 years apart, with the incidents both occurring at one of their
father’s properties, court papers say.
In the lawsuit, the older of the two sons alleges that he was raped by the woman
when he was 15 years old at his father’s Bahamas residence in 2004.
He said there was “shame” and “very little understanding” at the time of the
“It’s one of those things that when you look back at it, I see the pattern of it
— that it happened with my younger brother — that’s when it struck me,” he told
The younger brother involved in the suit claims that his father “lured, enticed
and transported” him from California to the family’s residence in Winnipeg,
Canada, in the summer of 2018.
Nygard, 79, allegedly said he wanted to “make a man” of the son who was 14
years old and a virgin at the time.
The woman — who was their father’s girlfriend — worked as a “fulltime sex
worker” and was paid with Nygard company money to assault the teens, the suit
In the past, Nygard has been listed as one of the richest Canadians. His
empire once included a palatial estate in the Bahamas with administrative and
production facilities in Winnipeg, Toronto, Los Angeles and a world headquarters
in New York.
Editor's Note: The legal story has just begun. But the Nygard empire
has crumbled and hundreds of families have been impacted with some ruined for
life. Regardless of how this all plays out, some of those women won't ever heal.
One has to wonder that with such widespread activity and the dozens of people
that somehow were interconnected, from the service workers to his legal team and
even some of his executives, didn't anyone see what was happening? And why
didn't someone raise a warning flag? Let's hope the 'good old boy' network that
may have protected him no longer exists. Just some thoughts. -Gus Downing
Canada's Retail Version of Epstein Arrested
Fashion mogul Peter Nygard arrested in Canada amid sexual assault allegations
fashion designer Peter Nygard has been arrested in his native Canada amid
allegations that he sexually assaulted dozens of teenage girls and women,
prosecutors announced Tuesday.
The 79-year-old disgraced mogul was picked up in Winnipeg under the Extradition
Act and is set to appear in a courtroom Tuesday afternoon, according to court
Federal authorities raided Nygard's Manhattan headquarters earlier this year -
less than two weeks after a lawsuit accused him of
luring young women to his Bahamas estate with cash and modeling
Several of them claimed they were 14 or 15 years old when the mogul plied them
with booze or drugs and then raped them.
Canada's Retail Tycoon Sitting in Jail - Canada to Oppose Bail
Nygard Faces Opposition on Bail From Canadian Prosecutors
plans to oppose women's clothing designer Peter Nygard request for bail, with a
prosecutor saying there's a serious risk he'll flee before an extradition
hearing on U.S. sex-trafficking charges.
Canadian prosecutor Scott Farlinger also cited what he called Nygard's history
of contempt for the judicial process for his opposition to letting the retail
magnate out of jail. Nygard is wanted in the Bahamas in a separate case,
after failing to attend a court hearing there.
Farlinger sought a delay for the bail hearing, saying prosecutors need to
question two former executives at Nygard's companies who said they'd be willing
to put up C$1.2 million ($946,000) in assets to ensure Nygard's appearance in
court. The judge granted the request, over objections from Nygard's lawyer, and
scheduled the hearing for Jan. 19 and Jan. 20.
Nygard was arrested in Winnipeg, Manitoba, last month on request from the U.S.,
which is seeking his extradition from Canada on racketeering, sex-trafficking
and related charges in a New York indictment that alleges criminal conduct
over 25 years. Nygard used company money, resources and employees to traffic
dozens of women and minors to force them into sex with him and his friends,
according to the U.S.
Nygard's Lawyer Calls Jail a 'Death Sentence'
Fashion mogul Peter Nygard seeking bail on U.S. charges of sex trafficking,
fashion mogul Peter Nygard plans to seek bail in a Winnipeg courtroom today
following his arrest last month on charges in the United States of sex
trafficking and racketeering. Nygard, who is 79, was arrested in December
under the Extradition Act and faces nine counts in the southern District of New
In the first day of a two-day bail hearing in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Tuesday,
prosecutor Scott Farlinger opposed releasing the retail magnate. Jay Prober, a
lawyer for Nygard, argued that holding the 79-year-old
during the Covid-19 pandemic "is nothing short of a death sentence."
Authorities there accuse Nygard of using his influence in the fashion industry
to lure women and girls with the promise of modelling and other financial
opportunities. Nygard's lawyer, Jay Prober, has said his client denies the
Prober has told court his client should be released on bail because his health
is deteriorating behind bars and he is not a flight risk. Lawyers for the
Attorney General of Canada say Nygard has a
history of not showing up to
court and has the means to flee.
'Canada's Retail Epstein' is Still Behind Bars
Nygard lawyers ask judge for more time, no decision in Wed. bail hearing
Peter Nygard will spend at least a few more
days behind bars after his lawyers told a Winnipeg court Wednesday they need
more time to adjust their submission in an ongoing bail hearing following his
arrest last month on charges in the United States of sex trafficking and
Another bail hearing has been set for Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. in Winnipeg.
Nygard’s defence again brought up the 79-year-olds multiple health
complications, which they say means death is all but certain if he contracts
COVID-19 behind bars. Defence lawyer Jay Prober called their bail plan “rock
solid,” and said because of Nygard’s condition, health care workers would be at
the property 24/7.
Federal lawyers say the seriousness of the allegations Peter Nygard faces
in the United States outweighs any risk the Canadian fashion mogul faces
Nygard was arrested last month in Winnipeg under the Extradition Act and
faces nine charges in the Southern District of New York, including sex
trafficking and racketeering.
Daily's previous coverage of the Nygard scandal & fallout:
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Feb. 19 |
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